Year C: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Ecclesiasticus 3: 17-20,28-29
In the First Reading, the theme of humility is explored further - and, particularly the fact that the greater one is, the more humbly one should behave. In fact, if we look at truly great people, they very often do behave with a great humility. They are aware of their gifts - they have nothing to prove to themselves or to others and so can be at peace with themselves.
The following is a contemporary insight into the paradox of greatness and humility - taken from the Inaugural Speech of Nelson Mandela in 1994.
Our deepest fear is
not that we are inadequate.
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of
We were born to make
manifest the glory of God
What does it mean for me?
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